Criminal Justice

Explore the Depths of Criminal Justice for a Dynamic Career Path

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Program Overview

Are you driven by a desire to help others, protect the community, and make a positive impact in the criminal justice system? College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Criminal Justice program is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed for a fulfilling career in this vital field. This comprehensive program covers legal studies, sociology, political science, psychology, arrest procedures, and search and seizure, preparing you for various roles in law enforcement, court administration, victim services, and corrections.

With a focus on real-world applications, this program provides you with a deep understanding of criminal justice system practices and processes. Whether you plan to transfer to a four-year institution or begin a career immediately, our program offers flexibility with various course formats and provides the foundational education required for success in the field.

Degree or Certificate Type

Associate of Arts

Fully Online



Additional cost may apply.

Time to Complete

2 years

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Learning Opportunities

  • Experienced Instructors: Learn from qualified instructors with real-world experience, dedicated to your success.
  • Flexible Learning Formats: Choose from on-campus, fully-remote, hybrid, and online courses to suit your schedule and learning preferences.
  • Practical Understanding of Criminal Justice: Gain an in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system through diverse coursework and site visits.
  • Networking & Professional Development: Connect with professionals in the field through guest speakers, career interviews, and networking events.
  • Critical Skills Development: Develop critical thinking, research, and analysis methods, along with diversity awareness and a global perspective on crime and justice.
  • Transfer On: Take your CWI credits to four-year institutions to further your education and career opportunities including Boise State University and Lewis-Clark State College.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Criminal Justice – Associate of Arts Degree




Available Fully Online

Degree Requirements

Cost: $8,560

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Career Opportunities

  • Postsecondary Teachers


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  • Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians, All Other

    All life, physical, and social science technicians not listed separately.


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  • First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives

    Directly supervise and coordinate activities of members of police force.


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  • First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers

    Directly supervise and coordinate activities of correctional officers and jailers.


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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.


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